GOVERNOR CANDIDATES

The Governor leads the State’s executive branch, including all state agencies. They make executive orders, propose state budgets, and veto or sign bills into law. The Lieutenant Governor is the second-highest elected official in the State, and is the President of the Senate. In the General Election, candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor are running together as a team. You’ll see both of their names appear together on a ballot, and you’ll vote for your choice of pairs. View candidates for other offices here.

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Oz Griebel

Griebel Frank for CT Party
Campaign Website: www.ozforgovct.com
Occupation: No Response
Previous Elected Offices: None

What is your education story?

Educated in parochial and public grammar schools and public high school; undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College; and law degree in the evening program at Suffolk University. Taught high school English and religious education classes and coached at the college, high school, and youth league levels. Served on the Boards of Grace Academy, Hartford Promise, and Northwest Catholic High School.

If kids aren’t reading on grade level by third grade, research is clear that they’re less likely to graduate.
75% of third-graders in Bridgeport aren’t reading on grade level. What will you do to change this if elected? 

This serious moral shortcoming will require the expertise and support of multiple parties. The Griebel-Frank Administration will work with charter, parochial, and public school leaders and with parent and faith groups in Bridgeport to determine the most effective role that the State can play to make significant reductions in this most critical achievement gap.

Should Bridgeport receive increased education funding from the state? Why or why not?

It is clear that more financial resources would help Bridgeport and other challenged districts IF that funding is tied to a clear metric of performance. The question of what schools and programs the funding supports and the effectiveness of those schools and programs achieving agreed upon measurable objectives is critical to how money is both allocated and used.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

The Griebel-Frank ticket will view all of its budget and policy decisions through 4 primary lenses: Jobs, Education & Training, Opportunity and Equity & Balance. Jobs:  Will the proposed decisions significantly enhance Connecticut’s ability to increase 200,000 net new private sector jobs by 2028?   Education & Training:  Clearly, a well-educated workforce is a critical factor in achieving that goal and the majority of the State’s younger demographic reside in our urban centers.

 
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Rodney Hanscomb

Libertarian Party
Declined to Respond

 

NED LAMONT

Democratic and Working Families Party
Campaign Website: www.nedlamont.com
Occupation: Businessman and Entrepreneur
Previous Elected Offices: Greenwich Board of Selectmen, Board of Estimate & Taxation

What is your education story?

I believe that access to affordable, high-quality education must be a right for all, not just the privileged few.
As a volunteer teacher at Harding High in Bridgeport, I saw the impact that passionate, full-time teachers had
on students who I was fortunate to meet and mentor. As governor, I will fight to make sure our teachers are
supported and all students can access quality education; school funding should not be a political question.

If kids aren’t reading on grade level by third grade, research is clear that they’re less likely to graduate.
75% of third-graders in Bridgeport aren’t reading on grade level. What will you do to change this if elected?

Third grade is when students go from learning to read to reading to learn. It’s vital they be proficient in reading
and mathematics and have strong executive function. I will:

  • Expand nurse-family partnerships, childcare, and early education programs; research shows $1 invested

  • in early education results in $15 of future benefits.

  • Boost students’ academic achievement by encouraging more diversity among teachers.

  • Reduce class sizes, student-to-counselor ratios; incorporate more social workers.

  • Continue reducing chronic absenteeism.

Should Bridgeport receive increased education funding from the state? Why or why not?

In the past 20 years, the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula has been fully funded only twice. Legislators in
Hartford continually tweak the formula to gain political favor instead of thinking about the needs of our children
or the needs of our schools. By implementing the education funding formula as it was written – based on need –
we can begin to address the disparities present in our educational system.

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you?

Bridgeport needs a governor who understands that when Bridgeport and our cities thrive, Connecticut thrives.
Our cities will be our engines of our economic growth and job creation that will get our state moving again.
Bridgeport can and will be an economic engine for the region and the state because it is the gateway to Fairfield
County. 

 
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BOB STEFANOWSKI

Republican and Independent Party
Declined to Respond

 

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Mark Stewart Greenstein

Amigo Constitution Liberty Party
Campaign Website: www.stewartforliberty.com and www.weresist.us
Occupation: Businessman, Educator and Promoter
Previous Elected Offices: None

What is your education story?

I am myself an educator. My firm helps students to better college admissions and higher scholarship awards. My urban students have seen 300 point SAT increases. My other firms help with after-school and weekend enrichment (www.kidscornerct.com and www.amigoacademy.us). I attended public K - 8 schools in West Hartford, private school in Windsor, undergrad in New Hampshire; & Law school in California. Every CT family deserves choice in schools.

If kids aren’t reading on grade level by third grade, research is clear that they’re less likely to graduate.
75% of third-graders in Bridgeport aren’t reading on grade level. What will you do to change this if elected? 

Privatize. “First 500” supports new schools, public and private. Private schools NEVER allow mentally competent children to reach third grade without an ability toread. We will end the public school monopoly that keeps many students from succeeding. We will let parents CHOOSE their child’s school, armed with $15,000 per student. With schools competing for this money, the schools will get BETTER.

Should Bridgeport receive increased education funding from the state? Why or why not?

Yes. Bridgeport should receive more education money. The current system funds urban schools insufficiently; tweaks to the current system will NEVER be enough. ESC will never fund Bridgeport properly. No politician, even impassioned Mayor Ganim, will sway the General Assembly to fund B-Port significantly better. “First 500” funds NEEDS; entrepreneurs flock to fill needs. “First 500” funds opportunities; investors flock to opportunities. 

Why do you believe Bridgeport residents should vote for you? 

I bleed for equal opportunity. The first schools I sought for my SAT coaching business were in Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven, & Bridgeport, to help urban kids crush the SAT. Currently most Bridgeport kids start “behind” and lack schools to get them ahead. B-Port kids recognize this; by high school the “street” offers them more opportunity than completing school. ECS will NEVER be fair; abolish it and replace with “First 500”. See www.stewartforliberty.com/education



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